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Special Offer: Rent Rupert Murdoch's Yacht for Just $45,000 a Day!


Recession outfoxes media tycoon.

If your nautical experience is limited to the Staten Island Ferry, here's a chance to broaden your horizons: Rent Rupert Murdoch's 183-foot sailboat.

Gawker says the Rosehearty -- not to be confused with Citizen Kane's Rosebud -- can be yours for a mere $310,000 per week.

The sailboat has an aluminum hull -- a downer for traditionalists. But the "stunning" interior is the work of French designer Christian Liagre. On the other hand, do you want to be seen floating around in something designed by the folks who gave us the Maginot Line and Le Car?

Renting the boat would be strictly business and wouldn't get you entrée to Page Six, the New York Post's famous (and must-read) gossip page. But there might be a few back issues of The Poopsheet of Record lying around for your edification.

Rupert's splendiferous boat comes with 3 white sails and opens up other out-of-this-world possibilities. How 'bout renting a sports hero's persona? It might be possible. There's no guarantee the babes will follow, but it probably beats life under fluorescent lights in a cubicle.

If you're uncertain what renting Rupert's boat gets you other than $310,000 poorer, and you need to stay within budget, try Oh wait, the link takes you to "the fastest way to connect the people, companies and the capital of Silicon Valley" -- not a cheap-o tour of the Velvet Underground. Damn!

Zilok might be a better bet for members of the proletariat. After the usual garden tools, party stuff, sporting equipment, and computers, it turns out you can rent works of art, including paintings, sculptures, and bronzes. Alas, no tapestries are listed, so you'll just have to live with those stains of uncertain origin on the living room wall.

Zilok bills itself as "peer-to-peer" rentals, a variation on eBay's (EBAY) killer theme. No toothpicks are available today, but that Ford (F) F-150 pickup truck you've been dreaming about can be yours for $50 a day.

Somehow, a battered pickup lacks the emotional snap of Murdoch's yacht with 5 suites and room for up to 10 guests. Better grab that tub now.

And as long as you're up, Rupert, peel me a grape.
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